Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
If you have blurry vision and thin corneas, you may not qualify for LASIK.
Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is an effective alternative that produces quality results similar to LASIK.
See for yourself how the doctors at Cornea Associates of Texas expertly perform PRK for patients in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Plano, TX.
How Does PRK Compare to LASIK? Differences in Treatment
During a photorefractive keratectomy, an excimer laser is used to remove the outermost layer of the cornea, called the epithelium. Our eye surgeon then reshapes the remaining corneal tissue. A protective contact lens is placed in the eye to help with epithelial healing. The contact lens is removed a few days after the procedure and the epithelial layer will continue to grow back. This surgery takes longer to recover from than LASIK but provides similar vision correction results. PRK is a great alternative for patients who do not qualify for LASIK.
In this refractive surgery, our doctors create a flap in the outermost layer of the cornea. This corneal flap is peeled back, allowing the laser to reshape the cornea. The corneal flap is closed after the procedure, eliminating the need for sutures. In the weeks following LASIK surgery, the corneal flap remains close and heals independently. Since the entire cornea is not removed, patients recover faster from LASIK than they recover from PRK.
Candidates for PRK
Photorefractive keratectomy surgery is a good alternative for people who need to correct refractive errors but do not qualify for LASIK.
People who are younger than 21, who are pregnant or nursing, or have a serious medical condition like uncontrolled diabetes or glaucoma are poor candidates for PRK. The eye doctors at our Dallas, TX, area centers will look to see if you have:
If your corneas are too thin, it can be too difficult to create a corneal flap, disqualifying patients from LASIK. A thin cornea is not an issue with PRK, as the outermost corneal layer is removed, allowing the doctor to reshape the underlying tissue.
An Active Lifestyle
People who have physically active jobs or participate in sports are good candidates for PRK. Certain activities can increase your risk of dislodging your corneal flap. PRK is recommended for those who have an active lifestyle, minimizing their risk of corneal complications.
Stable Eye Prescription
Candidates for PRK need to have the same prescription eyeglasses or contacts for at least a year. The more stable your eyesight, the lower the need for a second refractive surgery procedure to fine-tune your vision correction results.
Would You Like to Improve Your Vision? Contact Cornea Associates of Texas Today
Our experienced surgeons can diagnose your eyes and determine if you're a candidate for PRK or LASIK. Our cornea experts in Dallas, TX, offer free consultations for patients who want to learn more about their eye health and the options they have to correct their vision. We offer financing and accept all major credit cards.
With additional locations in Plano and Fort Worth, Cornea Associates of Texas serves patients in the greater Dallas area. People from Irving, University Park, Highland Park, and the surrounding area trust our doctors to correct their eyes through surgical and nonsurgical treatments.
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Benefits of PRK
After PRK surgery, most patients achieve at least 20/40 vision and usually don't need contacts or glasses.
PRK results are permanent. However, patients may eventually need to use glasses for reading or at night as their vision naturally weakens with age.
Effective LASIK Alternative
PRK can greatly improve vision for people who don't qualify for LASIK. While it has a longer recovery time than LASIK, PRK has many of the same benefits.
After a consultation at our Plano, Fort Worth, or Dallas, TX, offices, our eye doctors will determine if you're a candidate for LASIK or PRK. If you're approved for PRK surgery, here's what to expect:
Patients report feeling little to no pain after their surgery.
Recovering from PRK Surgery How to Protect Your Eyes After Treatment
Avoid Touching Your Eyes
You may experience itchy or dry eyes after your procedure. Touching your eyes can cause infections and other complications.
Protect Your Eyes
Patients should avoid sunlight and bright light so they don't squint or strain their eyes. Wear sunglasses when outside and protective eyewear to avoid eye injury.
Pools, hot tubs, and bodies of water can cause infection during the healing process.
No Strenuous Exercise
Physical activity should be at a minimum for the first few days after your surgery. Contact sports should be suspended for a few weeks as well.
Use Prescription Eye Drops
Dry eyes can be difficult to deal with after your treatment. Eye drops will help the healing process and keep your eyes lubricated.
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